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James Ferrier Pryde (1866-1941), Painter and designer

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Pryde was born in Edinburgh and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy Schools from 1886 to 1887. Living in London from 1890, Pryde and his brother-in-law William Nicholson set up a partnership as poster artists under the name 'The Beggarstaff Brothers'. As a painter, Pryde specialised in dark interiors and architectural fantasies. The majority of these works were done before 1925, though he did produce some designs for theatre sets later in life.

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Ellen Terry as Nance Oldfield

by James Ferrier Pryde
oil and varnish on card laid on board, circa 1894
NPG 6568


Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail'

by James Ferrier Pryde
pencil and gouache on paper laid on board, circa 1906
NPG 6567